Well, Grandma got married last weekend! We did the long haul up to Michigan to partake in the festivities. A fun time was had by all! We don’t usually take a trip up north during October, so it was nice to see the changing leaves in the mountains of West Virginia. I couldn’t resist snapping some pics through the car window. The kids generally do very well on trips, with the exception of occasional car sickness. OK, occasional is an understatement. We only had two incidents on this trip while driving through the mountains. Compared to trips in the past, that wasn’t too bad.  The kids entertained themselves by making individual forts….Doodlebug included! We also passed the time listening to audio books, including Matilda, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village (Book the Seventh).


The weather in Michigan was rainy and very windy. Between the wedding and the reception, the sky looked ominous as the rain clouds moved in. I snapped a few pics through the car window. The day after the wedding we had hoped to go apple picking before we left for home, but the 35 mph winds deterred us. I told Sassafras that we would likely get hit in the head with apples. She said matter-of-factly, “Well, I’m pretty good at dodgeball.” In the end, we took the kids to Chuck-E-Cheese at the mall. Oh my word. What was I thinking? I should have taken my chances dodging apples.


Sassafras (2nd Grade):

In history this week Sassafras studied the Southern Renaissance and some important artists of that time. In particular we read about Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci,and Filippo Brunelleschi. I decided that for this unit in Tapestry that we would try notebooking instead of making a lapbook. So this was our groundbreaking week in notebooking, so to speak. I think it went pretty well. We’ll be studying Michelangelo and Leonardo in art later this year, so she’ll make a more detailed notebook page for those artists then.

Speaking of art, this week Sassafras continued her study of the Limbourg Brothers. She sketched part of one of their paintings (August) from Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry.  I included the original and her sketch. I think she did a great job! I also included a pic of another drawing of a horse that she did in her free time.



In math this week Sassafras did a little review and continued to work on the concept of multiplication and division. In science we read about weathering and soil erosion. We plugged and chugged through grammar, narration/dictation, and spelling, and in handwriting she finally got through learning how to form all of the cursive letters and started working on Bible verses. For literature she read The Toothpaste Millionaire.

This week Sassafras and Z-man also had their Africa enrichment class that meets once a month. The topic was North Africa, with a special focus on Morocco. Some of the moms made a Moroccan chicken stew with couscous. It was actually really good, and Sassafras even asked if we could have it for supper.  Somebody pinch me.

Z-man (Kindergarten):

The Z-man plugged and chugged through school this week as well. Sometimes it’s just like that. In science we read about mammals and birds. In math he started working on addition facts that add to five. For a read-aloud, we started reading The Family Under the Bridge.

Little Man (3 yrs old):

Well, I have to say that Little Man really knows how to work a wedding reception. He was dancing with all the ladies and still going strong at 10:30 PM. Party animal!

Doodlebug (19 months):

OK, so I have zero pictures of Doodlebug in her wedding outfit. She was with a babysitter during the wedding and reception and made only a brief appearance in between for a family picture by the photographer. I snapped a picture at Sassafras’s soccer game this evening during a rare moment when Doodlebug was actually sitting down. We knew we were in trouble when she had downed her entire bag of animal crackers before the first half of the game was even finished. Let the real game between! It’s Doodlebug rounding third base and making a detour toward the bleachers! I’m telling you, she’ll run you ragged.


I’m tired. Some weeks are just like that. OK, most weeks are like that.